Training recreational students, pre-professional dancers and teachers while fostering a love of dance.
Elaine began her dance training in the area with The National Ballet, where she grew up dancing many full-length ballets as well as many original contemporary ballets. She majored in dance at SUNY Purchase and received her BFA in Drama from The Catholic University. After dancing professionally and teaching in New York City and the surrounding area, Elaine returned to the Washington/Baltimore area where she has been teaching locally for the past 20 years and is still dancing professionally.
As a Fellow Member of the CCA, Elaine holds the coveted Maestro Enrico Cecchetti Diploma and is able to present both teachers and students through all levels of the Cecchetti Method. She is a proud recipient of the Sylvia Hamer/Margaret Marsh Scholarship allowing her to study the method in England.
Elaine’s students have been accepted at some of the best dance universities in the world including NYU, SUNY Purchase, North Carolina School for the Arts, Julliard, the Laban Institute in London and the Kate Simmons College in Manchester England. Her students have been awarded college scholarships, the Tremaine Convention Performing Arts Scholarship and scholarships to attend international summer programs.
Also an award-winning choreographer, her ballet and contemporary/lyrical dances have been overall winners and have received best choreography and best overall technique awards.
Elaine teaches all levels and ages and enjoys sharing the love of ballet and the magic of the art with her students.
Originally from Canada, Diane has her Bachelor of Science in Physical Therapy from the University of Western Ontario. She moved to the United States with her husband and completed her Masters of Health Science from the University of St. Augustine for Health Sciences. She is a partner at Elite Physical Therapy where she treats a variety of orthopaedic conditions. Her love of the arts combined with her study of the science of movement brought her into partnership with Elaine Seidman at Turning Pointe Dance Academy.
Blair D’Amico started dancing at age 3, developing a serious interest in the dance world, she took up every opportunity to learn all she could, including ballet, lyrical, contemporary, jazz and tap at various local dance studios. Finding a natural understanding of the Cecchetti method, she trained with Elaine Seidman, passing the Advanced syllabus exam. Appearing in countless productions of The Nutcracker and studio dance recitals with the National Ballet , Blair competed in regional dance competitions until graduating high school in 2007.
After attending the Cecchetti International Summer School in Holland, Michigan, Blair was invited to train at KS Dance Ltd., a professional vocational school in Greater Manchester, England directed by Kate Simmons. Continuing her training in the Cecchetti method, Blair honed her technique and developed as an artist. She toured and performed with the school’s company every year, working up through the ranks from corps to principal dancer. She was awarded the Best All Round Dancer Award at the Annual Choreography and Prize-Giving Ceremony, and received dancing and teaching qualifications in Cecchetti ballet and Spanish dance. She graduated from KS Dance Ltd with a Trinity College National Diploma in Professional Dance. Blair has danced roles such as Dew Drop in The Nutcracker, Myrta in Giselle as well as Gamzatti Variation at Discover Ballet! with the Baltimore Ballet. She later joined BalletFleming in Philadelphia as an apprentice and was promoted to company member the following season. Her favorite roles have included The Evil Queen in Christopher Fleming’s Snow White, Too Big and Too Bold in Jenn Rose’s The Missing Piece, and Second Couple in Adrianna de Svatich’s Dyadic Dances. Since January 2016 she has been a part of the Polaris Dance Company in Portland, Oregon where she explored more modern based choreography and studied the Horton technique. Her favorite being a piece Robert Guitron's, Artistic Director, choreographed to Keb'mo's Every Morning.
Blair is an integral part of the management of the TPDA Competition Teams and Ballet Conservatory.
Linda is from Pasadena, Maryland and began her dance training her senior year of high school.
In college she explored several dance styles including: jazz, modern, and ballet. Upon
completing her bachelor’s degree in modern language and linguistics from the University of
Maryland, Baltimore County, Linda was excited to be cast as a dancer in a short film in the
Frederick Film Fest. She has continued exploring the dance world, taking classes in lyrical, tap
and ballet at various local studios and has performed in three productions of the Nutcracker
with Maryland Festival Ballet, as well as several annual recitals. Linda is most grateful to her former teacher and mentor, Gail Charney, for introducing her to the Cecchetti ballet method. It was then that she fell in love with ballet!
Linda has been teaching dance since 2008. She holds her Teacher Certificate #1 through
Cecchetti USA and continues to study the Cecchetti Ballet method under the direction of Elaine
Seidman. Linda never imagined that dance would play such a huge role in her life, but it has brought her
so much happiness and has introduced her to so many people and opportunities. Linda enjoys
spreading her love of dance to students of all ages.
A native of Baltimore, Stephaen began his formal classical training with the Mid-Atlantic Youth Ballet. He later went on to study at the Rock School for Dance Education as a full scholarship recipient. In 2013, he graduated from the University of the Arts receiving a B.F.A. in Classical Ballet. Upon graduation, he performed and studied under Christopher Fleming with Ballet-Fleming. Stephaen was a member of Ohio’s Verb Ballets for three seasons. He performed works by Anthony Kruztcamp, Heinz Poll, Diane McIntyre, William Forsythe & trained under Cuban National Ballet Director Laura Alonso. He has been a guest artist for the Poetic Expression Dance Company, Carbon Dance Theater & Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley. He has performed lead roles in ballets such as Coppelia, La Bayadere, The Nutcracker, Spartcus, & Spring Waters to name a few. From 2017-2019, Stephaen was a soloist with the Ballet Theatre of Maryland. In 2020, Stephaen became a full time dance teacher at Bates Middle School. He is also certified with Acrobatic Arts and has transitioned his acro teaching style to rely heavily on the Acrobatic Arts curriculum.
Maggie is a dancer, educator, advocate and arts administrator. She proudly holds Cecchetti certificates through the Professional Advanced level as a dancer and the Professional Intermediate level as a teacher. In addition to serving as Secretary on the Board of the Cecchetti Council Of America - East Coast Committee, she was also a recipient of the CCA-ECC New Teacher Scholarship to study the method in Michigan. While on scholarship at Goucher College, Maggie received her BA in both Modern and Ballet Performance and Elementary Education, danced with The National Ballet, taught with Clancyworks Dance Company's out-reach program, studied contemporary dance at The Universidad Federal do Rio De Janeiro (Brasil), and wrote dance curriculum for the Montgomery County Public School system.
Upon graduating from Goucher, Maggie relocated to NYC where she turned her focus towards modern dance performance and arts advocacy. Along the way she happily taught for numerous NYC organizations including The School at Steps (children's division of Steps On Broadway), Long Island City School of Ballet, New Dance Group, and The Hudson Guild. From art gallery rooftops to subway platforms, from floating cabaret spaces to the historic and hugely significant Judson Street Church, Maggie performed across NYC with SilCo Dance Theatre, Cheshire Productions, Kerplunk Dance, Built4Collapse Productions and Lynn Barr Dance Theatre, among others. Off the stage she held administrative positions with Doug Varone and Dancers (Marketing, Development), DANY Studios|The Joyce Theater Foundation (Studio Operations), and Steps On Broadway (Marketing). She also served on the Junior Committee for Dance/NYC, a leading dance advocacy organization in New York City.
Since returning to Maryland in 2013 she has taught at Turning Pointe Dance Academy in Hanover and Dance Expressions in Upper Marlboro. She has also had the pleasure to teach for ClancyWorks Dance Company in Silver Spring, MD and Imagination Stage in Bethesda, MD the largest multi-disciplinary theatre arts organization for young people in the Mid-Atlantic region. Not one to be slowed down by a hip replacement in 2019, She dances with Sylvidances, based in Washington, D.C. and BlueShift Dance Company based in Baltimore, MD. She also performed with popular Baltimore based band, Vinny Vegas, for their album release tour in Baltimore and DC.
She spearheads the Modern Dance Curriculum and Dance With Me program at Turning Pointe.
Wyndee McGovern is a master teacher certified by Dance Educators of America as well as Dance Masters of America. She is a member of National Dance Educator Organization and The National Honor Society for Dance.
In 2002, her choreography for “Slippin’into Darkness” earned her a position as a finalist in the Jazz Dance World Congress’ Choreography Event sponsored by “Leo Dancewear”, which recognizes outstanding achievement in choreography throughout the world. In that same year, she founded “Jazzfuzion”, a pre-professional performance company, specializing in Contemporary and Jazz. In March 2004, Wyndee and her Company made their Broadway debut in “Nothin’ Like a Dame – 2004 at the St. James Theater with their interpretation of Michael Jackson’s “In The Closet”. Her “Oasis Dance Ensemble” was awarded the “Silver” Medal for Choreography at the 2009 Leo’s Choreographic Event held at the Jazz Dance World Congress in Chicago, Ill. In 2008, Wyndee was commissioned to choreograph for the noted Kirov Academy of Ballet’s Holiday Concert in Washington, DC. That same year she went on to implement a new Contemporary program for their advanced/pre-professional levels and serves as the resident teacher of the same.
Ms. McGovern served as chief dance advisor for the “Winning Way” College Preparation Program continuing to research and help advance young dancers through the college and career path and implements this program to her Junior and Senior year students providing mentoring, guidance and inspiration to those that participate. Wyndee also continues to serve as a judge and adjudicator for many reputable organizations including Inferno, Dance Masters of America Title Pageants and Performing Arts Scholarship Program, Showbiz National Talent Competition, Legacy Talent, Dance Educators of America, Onstage America. Her dancers are currently performing in the hottest tickets on Broadway such as “Hamilton”, “MJ” and Funny Girl! They belong to the Marvel Universe and can also be seen in The Black Panther along with its sequel, ABC’s Will Trent, The Bad Boys of Dance - Rock The Ballet”, The Radio City Rockettes, The Lion King in Las Vegas, Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines and many Collegiate Dance Companies and Dance Teams. Wyndee made her television debut in “Health Matters” discussing a program she developed in partnership with Dr. Alan Sokoloff of the Yalich Clinic and “Doc for the Baltimore Ravens for Dance Injury Prevention. “The McGovern Method” of body conditioning, training and injury prevention has been presented in Baltimore County Public Schools as well as MAPHERD Convention for the state of Maryland. She was invited to co- hosted the web series “Cornered” lead by her friend and colleague, Justin Misenhelder. She was honored when after twice cohosting, “Cornered” was filmed from her home in MD during the Baltimore riots and topics ranged from politics of the time to pop culture. Her proudest moment by far was when her Mentor and Teacher, President of Dance Educators of America - Fran Peters assisted in helping her "Method" get adopted by Dance Educators of America into their Teachers Training program and has served as the official warm up of their Title Scholarship and Musical Theater Nationals event. Wyndee has a passion for teaching and mentoring her “dance babies” as if they were her own. Her motto is “they will give up on me long before I give up on them”. Lastly, Wyndee is also a very proud single mom to her beautiful daughter that is certainly following in her mothers footsteps becoming a dancer herself as well as and modeling.
Sydney began dancing at the age of 3. She trained at various studios including the Washington School of Ballet where she continued to study Vaganova technique. During high school she began to study at Spotlight Studio of Dance where she performed in numerous dance competitions with a focus on jazz, lyrical, and contemporary. Sydney continued her dance education at University of Maryland, College Park where she earned a BA in Dance. She most recently earned her Maryland State Teaching Certification in Dance Education for K-12 from Towson University.
Born and raised in Maryland, Alina Sage started her training with The National Ballet Company of Maryland, learning Vaganova and Cecchetti methods of ballet, pointe, and Russian folk dance. She holds her Grade 5 Cecchetti syllabus (CCA) certificate as a dancer, and has performed in full length ballets including The Nutcracker, Coppelia, and Sleeping Beauty. Alina earned her BA in Psychology with a minor in Dance from University of Maryland, Baltimore County, expanding her education beyond dance training to choreography and dance tech production. Alina is currently earning her Elementary certificate in Montessori Education, and enjoys teaching her love of dance and creative expression to all ages.
Rose Seidman grew up dancing in Annapolis Maryland. She is an eight time title winner from competitions across the nation. While in Maryland, Rose completed her advanced training in Cecchetti and passed with honors.
After high school, Rose moved to New York where she graduated Cum Laude with a B.F.A in dance from Adelphi University as well as studying at London Contemporary Dance. She is also a graduate of the Broadway Dance Center professional semester. While in New York, Rose trained with members of Netherlands Dance Theatre, Martha Graham Dance Company, and Paul Taylor Dance Company. During this time Rose worked with Buglisi Dance Theatre, Central Maryland Youth Ballet, C-Bank, and Lacey Schwimmer from So You Think You Can Dance as well as doing commercial work for Curtain Call, Broadway Dance Center, and Schmackary's.
Rose moved to Los Angeles where she became SAG eligible. She has been working with artists such as Hospin, Simple Plan, Future Kingz, and Dr. Maleek. She has done commercials for companies such as Heineken, Redbull, Madison Reed, and Yibu Beauty. Rose has worked on the television show Animal Kingdom as well as Good Morning America and has appeared in films such as Joyful Noise and Licorice Pizza!
Clarissa trained at Texas Ballet Theater in the school and the Professional Training Division until age 18. She performed with the school and the company in ballets such as The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, and Peter and the Wolf. Several of her choreographed works for the school went on to be presented at Dallas Annual Dance Planet and Choreographing for a Cause. After graduating, she joined Ballet Met in Columbus, Ohio for two years as a Trainee where she performed and toured with the company as well as the school. Some of these ballets included the Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, several mixed repertoire performances, and pieces for Ohio State University as a part of an MFA project. After two years in Ohio, she moved to the DMV to dance with Manassas Ballet Theatre in Virginia where she performed in several productions including The Nutcracker, Dracula, Swan Lake, Colin: Son, Marine, Hero, La Boutique Fantasque and mixed repertoire, in both the corps de ballet and title roles. In 2018 she shifted her focus to teaching, choreographing, and accompanying ballet classes on the piano with studios around the DMV. She and her husband welcomed their first child in February of 2021.